I hate to admit this but I have had periods in my ministry when I couldn’t relate to my peers. It doesn’t have anything to do with personalities – it has to do with their context and the things they were dealing with in their ministry. For instance, I have yet to conduct 2 or more funerals in the same week. I know that a number of my colleagues have done this and on more than one occasion. I have yet to conduct a funeral and a wedding in the same week. I know that a number of my colleagues have done this as well and also on more than one occasion. But I do know that my time will come. It is inevitable.
I guess I am fortunate – if I was in my earlier years of life doing this kind of ministry I would not deal with the pressure in the same way. It isn’t experience, maturity or wisdom that is the source of release from it; I think it is the rhythm of the stage of life I am in now. I can pace myself for the duration instead of trying to sprint from place to place, event to event, meeting to meeting, ministry to ministry. Whether the events of life are coming at me with the speed of a shallow, slow brook or the torrent of a raging river, I have the power of God’s Spirit to put one foot in front of the other dealing with the situation in the rhythm that will allow me to do my best ministry. Sure I still succumb to some of the force, the pressure of balancing ministry that is planned for, unexpected opportunities to minister and the needs of my soul and family. It naturally squeezes each of us because we are human beings who only have so much time and energy to use up or give away. But I don’t freak out about it because that is wasted energy for me; instead it is easier for me to lean into God’s presence to carry me through all times of life. Not always successful, but I am learning.
Pressure situations are a common part of life – I am curious. How do you respond to the anticipated and unanticipated pressures of life?
I am interested in hearing how you deal with the tension and times put you under pressure. Leave a comment or two and share your experience and insights.
Blessings for the journey.